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Diocese of Brooklyn
Dioecesis Bruklyniensis
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Cathedral Basilica of St. James in Brooklyn

Basic information
Location Brooklyn, New York, United States
Territory Brooklyn (Kings County), Queens (Queens County)
Population 1,556,575 Catholics
Rite Roman Rite
Ecclesiastical province Archdiocese of New York
Established July 29, 1853
Cathedral Cathedral Basilica of St. James
Bishop Bishop of Brooklyn
Website Diocese of Brooklyn
Current leadership
Pope Benedict XVI
Metropolitan Timothy Dolan

Archbishop of New York

Diocesan Bishop Nicholas Anthony DiMarzio

Bishop of Brooklyn

Auxiliary bishops Frank Joseph Caggiano, Ignatius Anthony Catanello, Octavio Cisneros, Guy Sansaricq

Auxiliary Bishops of Brooklyn

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, which includes territory that was previously part of the (now) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, was established as a separate diocese in 1853[1] when the City of Brooklyn was separate from New York City.

The diocese includes parishes in Brooklyn, as well as Queens, which at the time of formation was a rural hinterland of New York City. It once included all of Long Island, but it gave up its territory in Nassau County and Suffolk County in 1957 to the Diocese of Rockville Centre.[2]

Brooklyn is one of the few dioceses in the USA that is made up of 100% urban territory.[3].

The Bishop of Brooklyn presides from the Cathedral Basilica of St. James in Downtown Brooklyn. Many major ceremonies, however, are held at the much larger Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the Sunset Park neighborhood in southern Brooklyn[citation needed].


Bishops of the Diocese of Brooklyn (terms of service)[4]


The bishop is also the true principal of the diocese's pre-seminary high school, Cathedral Preparatory Seminary. As of March 2009, Cathedral Preparatory Seminary is the only full time high school seminary in the nation[citation needed]. Three Diocesan and/or parish high schools are under the auspices of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens[citation needed].

High schools

There are three Diocesan and/or parish high schools under the auspices of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens. While the Catholic high schools below may geographically lie within the diocese, most are run independently of it. [5]

Elementary schools

There are 116 Diocesan and parish elementary schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens as of March 2009. In the fall of 2009, a new free tuition school called the Pope John Paul II Family Academy [6] will open at St. Barbara's School in Bushwick, Brooklyn, which will be an additional school to the 116 previously referenced.

The following six schools are to be closed at the end of the 2009 academic year[7], which will reduce the total number of schools to 111:

  • Flatbush Catholic Academy
  • St. Vincent Ferrer School
  • Most Precious Blood School
  • St. Benedict Joseph Labre School
  • St. Catherine of Sienna School
  • St. Aloysius School
  • St. Ann School
  • Blessed Sacrament School


There are nine Roman Catholic cemeteries serving the Diocese of Brooklyn[citation needed].



Outside of the Diocese of Brooklyn

  • St. Charles / Resurrection Cemeteries
  • Trinity Cemetery
  • St. Mary Star of the Sea Cemetery



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  2. ^ "Who We Are," Diocese of Rockville Centre website (accessed 2009-Nov-02).
  3. ^ Coen, Joseph W.; McNamara, Patrick, J.; Vaccari, Peter I. Diocese of Immigrants: The Brooklyn Catholic Experience 1853-2003, Éditions du Signe, 2004. ISBN 2-7468-0912-5. p. 120
  4. ^ "Diocese of Brooklyn". 
  5. ^ "Catholic High Schools". Diocese of Brooklyn website. Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  6. ^ NY Daily News (2009-02-27). "Rich donor aids new Catholic school for poor fams". Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  7. ^ NY Daily News (2009-02-13). "Church saves six schools, closes eight others in Brooklyn & Queens". Retrieved 2009-03-20. 

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